African-American history exhibit to open downtown soon
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 01, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County African American Historical Preservation Society is tentatively planning to open its Emancipation Day-themed exhibit on Aug. 11, TCAAHPS President Betty Baker-Wharton said Monday.

“When you’re depending on the public to bring in artifacts and pictures to be scanned, you can’t always expect them to have them in by a deadline,” Baker-Wharton said.

Baker-Wharton said that they were currently planning to open the exhibit at 16 Court St. on Aug. 11, but that she wouldn’t know a definite date and time for a few days. She said that the organization has had a good response from the public and that they haven’t been at a lack for artifacts, although she suspected that more might still be on the way. Whether or not everything will be featured will depend on how much space is ultimately available, she said.

Emancipation Day is traditionally celebrated on Aug. 8 in some parts of Kentucky and the South because that is the day that the slaves were said to have received the good news about the Emancipation Proclamation. Although the upcoming exhibit probably will not feature any items directly related to emancipation in Trigg County, its goal will be to focus on general African-American history in the area between 1856 and 1912.

Last Friday, Gloria Mayes, Charlie Ann Mayes and Betty Jean Radford were in the building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Court Street setting up displays. They had mostly finished setting up a church scene at the back of the room, which included chairs from Second Baptist Church and pews and a podium from Mayes Chapel. They said there would also be a school scene, a kitchen scene and a bedroom scene. They said they were hoping to have a small exhibit on Ollie Wharton and Cassie McCall, two African-American midwives.

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